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The Jackson's Chameleon is native to the jungles of Kenya and Tanzania. But it was imported to the United States and there is a large population of them found now in Hawaii where they live and breed naturally. They are also found in the wild now from Ft Lauderdale Florida south to Homestead and have been established in that area either from escaped specimens or from people turning unwanted ones free. This has happened in Florida now with many species of exotic lizards. Please don't turn unwanted reptiles free in any state. If you can't keep it any longer call your local wildlife office and turn any unwanted reptiles over to them. It is suspected though not yet confirmed that King Cobras and Green Mambas are now established in south Florida. A man was recently bitten in a Miami yard by a Green Mamba that was not captured or killed. In recent years at least three King Cobras have been killed by automobiles while crossing the road in the Miami area. So please do not set unwanted reptiles free. Call your local wildlife or fish and game office and turn the specimens over to them.
The male of the Jackson's Chameleon species is very easy to recognize as it has two horns , one above its eyes and one on its nose. The female will sometimes have a horn but it will be very small. You can not keep two males in the same enclosure together as they will get stressed and stop eating and die.
The female gives birth to live young with a gestation period of 5-10 months. Its really quite easy to get Jackson's Chameleons to reproduce if a pair of the chameleons are kept in a nice large enclosure at the right temperature and provided with the right food.
A Jackson's Chameleon is one of the more exotic pets you can keep. Check out this cool video about the Jackson's Chameleon.
Jackson's Chameleons make excellent pets but you need to study and find out everything you can about the species before you purchase one. Read on to find out what you will need to do if you want to keep a Jackson's Chameleon.
A Jackson's Chameleon over six weeks of age is the easiest chameleon to care for if your new to keeping exotic pets like the Jackson's Chameleon. Your Jackson's Chameleon will be around 15 inches when grown so you will need a nice large enclosure if you want to have a healthy and happy Jackson's Chameleon.
You will want your enclosure to have fake plants , real plants , climbing limbs and adequate lighting. Your Jackson's Chameleon will do great with a nighttime temperature of 70 degrees and a day time temperature of 75 to 80 degrees. You can create a basking spot for your Jackson's Chameleon with a 60 watt household light bulb. But the Jackson's Chameleon needs there to be cooler spots to get to in case the basking spot gets to hot for it. You will need a thermometer in your enclosure to carefully monitor the temperature at all times. I like for my cages or enclosures to look as natural as possible and I think I have really happy Jackson's Chameleons because of that.
The ideal food for your Jackson's Chameleon is live crickets. Just put them into the enclosure with the Jackson's Chameleon and it will hunt down and enjoy its meal in no time at all. You can also try meal worms , wax worms and grasshoppers. You should keep notes about your Jackson's Chameleon and its eating habits. A rodent drip water bottle will be excellent for providing your Jackson's Chameleon with water. You will also want to keep a shallow dish of water in the enclosure that you change on a regular basis. Be sure that you keep any water dish clean and if it becomes stained or dirty looking over time replace it. I only give bottled water to any of my reptiles or amphibians. I fear that treated water from the spigot in some municipalities may not be good or healthy for them.
If you want to keep your Jackson's Chameleon healthy you must make sure that you keep its enclosure clean. It needs to be kept free of any dead crickets or other dead insects. Be sure to keep the enclosure for your Jackson's Chameleon as clean as possible. If the enclosure is kept spotless clean your Jackson's Chameleon will be happy and healthy.
Jackson's Chameleon's reach sexual maturity after five months and females give live birth to 6 - 12 young and the gestation period is five to six months. I once had a female that gave birth to 19 young. I enjoy raising the young Jackson's Chameleons and each will have its own unique personality and behaviors.
They are one of my favorites because to me they resemble a dinosaur some what resemblance of the Triceratops.species of dinosaur. I know when we take them to shows their cage is the one that people gather around. Kids love them. I also like how they can change color based on their mood, health, and temperature.
If you own a Jackson's Chameleon or are thinking of getting one be sure to educate yourself well. Buy a book on the chameleon or borrow one from a public library. The more you know about any animal you choose to keep as a pet the better off you will be. And you really should keep a journal and keep careful detailed notes so you can refer back to them. I like to write down what they eat, their favorite foods, any unusual activity I observe, and etc. I have found that a year or two down the road if I go back and read my notes that I often discover something I didn't see until I documented it and observed it over time.
Questions About Your Jackson's Chameleon
If you have questions about your Jackson's Chameleon or its care or keeping feel free to post your questions below in the comment section now and I will try to provide a helpful answer. I have been keeping Jackson's Chameleons now for over twenty years and I always enjoy them.